From "Square Pegs" to "Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker has always captivated as one of TV's favorite funny girls. In celebration of her 52nd birthday, join us as we explore the signature charm of her storied career.
Sarah Jessica on Broadway
Before she hit the big screen, Sarah Jessica Parker starred in the Broadway musical "Annie" in 1979, when she was 14 years old.
Making Her TV Debut
Sarah Jessica played awkward high school misfit Patty Green in the CBS comedy "Square Pegs," which aired in 1982. "I was really proud of 'Square Pegs,'" she said in an interview, looking back at the ripe age of 18. "I thought it was a quality show. It was my first opportunity to see that television is underrated. I think people have the wrong attitude about what is available to them on television."
'Footloose' and Fancy-Free
While still in her teens, she shared the screen with Lori Singer in 1984 in "Footloose." Parker later admitted that during the filming she had a crush on Kevin Bacon. "We'd just kind of smile at each other," she said.
The actress showed off her dance training and won over teenage hearts across America in the 1985 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Check out our favorite clip here.
Casting a Spell
A grown-up Parker landed the role of the ditzy, sexy witch in "Hocus Pocus" in 1993.
Parker changed the way women talk about sex—and became a major fashion icon—with her role as Carrie in HBO's "Sex and the City." Her advice: "The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself."
Becoming a Mom
In 2002, Parker and husband Mathew Broderick had their first child, James Wilkie Broderick.
At the Golden Globes
In 2004, Parker took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in "Sex and the City."
Going to the Chapel
Carrie and company hit the big screen in 2008 with "Sex and the City: The Movie," in which she was stood up at the altar in a couture gown.
Parker and Broderick welcomed fraternal twins Loretta and Tabitha—delivered via a surrogate—into the world in 2009. Sarah Jessica calls motherhood "perfectly overwhelming."
SJP in Vogue
Parker graced the cover of Vogue's May issue in 2010. Inside, she discussed her fashion icon status and the role of a modern mom.
Fabulous at 50
Parker, who just launched her new shoe line, SJP Collection, looks fabulous at 50. She's also producing a web series, "City Ballet."
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